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Inadequate bone for implant placement

Maxillary Sinus

Zygoma & Pterygoid Implants

The jawbone at the site of missing teeth atrophies over time.  This atrophied bone (decreased in quality and quantity) may be insufficient for dental implant placement.   In the upper jawbone, known as the Maxilla, a Maxillary sinus (a hollow cavity in the bone) exists above the bicuspid (premolar) and molar teeth on both sides.  The sinus can expands with age in combination with loss of teeth, resulting in inadequate bone height for implant placement.  As a result, a bone graft in the form of a Sinus Lift may be necessary.  However, an alternative to a Sinus Lift exists. 



A Zygoma implant is a long implant that extends from the bone of the dental arch through the Maxillary sinus and is secured into the cheekbone.  This is typically used to support an “all-on-six” teeth.   Read more about “all-on-six” under Teeth in a Day on the website.



A Pterygoid implant is a medium sized implant that locks into the solid bone of the pterygoid plates in the very back of the mouth.   It allows the “all-on-six” teeth to have excellent support and retention. 


Few dental professional have been trained on the technique required for Zygoma and Pterygoid implant placement.  Dr. Mueller and Dr. Waters have received this training and have found these types of implants to benefit patients tremendously. 

Texoma Facial and Oral Surgery

Wichita Falls, Texas 

Pterygoid Plate

Zygoma (cheekbone)